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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Very blah car
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By gambit
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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With a Cavalier, you get small size, Chevy styling, GM quality, and Buick handling. In other words, the worst of all worlds. To be honest, the Cav is not an awful car, just not a very good car in a sea of good competition. The styling's bland; if blending in is your goal, it may be for you. It was a mistake for Chevy to use a bowtie- bar in the styling; it doesn't fit well and looks awkward. The interior creaks and feels cheap. The engine is good, but the suspension is too loose. When turned, the car sways the other way. According to the figures, the Cav is GM's biggest seller. But those figures probably include rental and fleet sales.


Favorite Features

Good engine, inconspicuous look, competitive price


Suggested Improvements

Better build quality, better materials, better styling, tighter handling, better safety design


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115k miles and...
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By neil27
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I've put 115k miles on my Chevy cavalier. The price was very attractive. The car has surprisingly good slow speed acceleration. However, I've had numerous mechanical difficulties including: fuel pump failure, multiple evap canister failures, serious wire harness failure, ventilation blower failure, speaker problems, hood latch failure, power steering issues, broken seat. In addition the car eats front end brake rotors at high rate. The transmission failed with 12k miles, but was replaced on warranty. The rear suspension is noisy and rides really rough. Road noise levels are high. The interior design, especially the placement of the cup holders, is terrible


Favorite Features

Price, decent acceleration


Suggested Improvements

Interior design and reliability need improvement


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This is a crapalier
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By Crapalier
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this brand new. Had 3 transmission replacements, which never got totallly fixed, cd player eats cds, engine stalls, wheel bearing broke, inspection fails every time, very ugly interior, the cup holder is in the way, major oil leakage, and so many other problems. This car all around stinks!


Favorite Features

Nothing, it fails


Suggested Improvements

Everything, the whole car!


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I Hate My Cavalier
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By Todd Hong
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I have a Cavalier that gets only 22 mpg highway even with the overspeed transmission. The dealership & Chevrolet will not work to determine what the problem is, their answer is "tough cookies". There are several pickup trucks that get better mileage! Car also doesn't hold value. My recommendation: BUY A TOYOTA COROLLA or SATURN. For the same money you get a much better riding car in the Corolla that holds a high resale value!


Favorite Features

Great A/C. It will definitely cool the car, even in the hot Texas summers. Cargo net in trunk-- keeps groceries from sliding around. Looks good-- It may not be a great running car, but it does look good. I get lots of compliments on the appearance of the vehicle.


Suggested Improvements

Improve the fuel economy of the car. Buy a Toyota or Saturn. Better made cars all around that hold a resale value.


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Heap of junk
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By marko
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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You get what you pay for. Broke down 3 time in 6 months. Major electrical problems.


Favorite Features

Nothing about this car is worth mentioning.


Suggested Improvements

Chevy please stop building cars.


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